Help for Dog Hair That's Everywhere

Brush your dog outside during his shedding season.

Brush your dog outside during his shedding season.

Nobody disputes how much you love your dog, but the clouds of hair he regularly produces are not as cherished. Proper hair removal is important, but your cleaning efforts won't last very long if you don't first address production at the hair factory known as Fido.

Brush your pooch from head to toe at least three times a week using a pin brush or slicker brush. This will remove all the dead and loose coarse hair from his outer coat before they form planet-sized balls in the corner of your kitchen. Brush in the direction of hair growth using firm, short strokes. Start at his rear legs and work your way toward his head. Offer lots of treats and praise so your dog develops a positive association with being brushed.

Comb out your dog's undercoat using a shedding rake every other day during the fall and spring. Double-coated breeds like Labs and huskies blow their fine, fluffy undercoat twice a year, leaving behind clouds of downy-like fur. Firmly brushing your pooch with a shedding rake during these periods lets you remove the hair before it's in your home. Skip this step if your dog does not have an undercoat.

Scrape pet hair off your furniture using a pet hair magnet. A pet hair magnet resembles an ice scrapers and is available at any major pet store. Apply the micro-blades to your furniture using firm scraping strokes. Work from the bottom up or from the back of the couch to the front edge. Use short strokes and remove the dog hair that accumulates below the blade often so you're not redistributing it. For maximum efficacy, have someone help you hold your throw pillows taunt while you scrape with the magnet. This tool works on car seats as well.

Wipe your hard floors with disposable electrostatic dust cloths. Unlike sweeping, which just causes pet hair to gather in and under the broom bristles, electrostatic cloths actually trap pet hair in the material. Start in the corners of the room, where dog hair tends to collect, and work your way toward the center. Discard hairy or dirtied electrostatic cloths in exchange for clean ones as necessary. If your dog is in shedding season, it would be wise to purchase a wholesale-sized box of these cloths.

Vacuum your carpets with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. Unlike a traditional vacuum, HEPA filters trap even the finest and tiniest of dog hairs in your carpet. If buying a new vacuum isn't feasible, firmly scrape your carpet with the pet hair magnet you used for your furniture. The pet magnet won't remove dog hair with the same scientific precision as a HEPA filter vacuum, but it will remove much of the hair that many standard vacuums can leave behind.

Items you will need

  • Slicker or pin brush
  • Shedding rake
  • Pet hair magnet
  • Electrostatic dust cloths
  • HEPA-filter vacuum

Tips

  • Clean the dog hair in your home only after your dog has been brushed and bathed, and brushed again. Start at the highest point of the room, such as furniture or cloth drapes and work your way to the floor so you can catch any stray hairs as well.
  • Exchange lint rollers for sticky rollers specifically designed to remove pet hair. Pet hair is much harder to capture than lint, which is why pet rollers use stronger adhesive glue.

Warning

  • Seek veterinary care if in addition to shedding copious amounts of hair, your dog itches or chews his skin constantly or is missing entire patches of hair on certain parts of his body.
 

About the Author

Christina Bednarz Schnell began writing full-time in 2010. Her areas of expertise include child development and behavior, medical conditions and pet health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations.

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